Wake Up Dead: A Thriller

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A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her ...

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Overview

A split-second decision with no second chance: get it wrong and you wake up dead.

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe lying in a pool of blood. As the carjackers make their getaway, Roxy makes a fateful choice that changes her life forever.

Disco and Godwynn, the ghetto gangbangers who sped away in Joe's convertible, will stop at nothing to track her down. Billy Afrika, a mixed-race ex-cop turned mercenary, won't let her out of his sight because Joe owed him a chunk of money. And remorselessly hunting them all is Piper, a love-crazed psychopath determined to renew his vows with his jailhouse "wife," Disco.

As these desperate lives collide and old debts are settled in blood, Roxy is caught in a wave of escalating violence in the beautiful and brutal African seaport. With savage plotting and breakneck suspense that ends in a shattering cataclysm of violence, Wake Up Dead confirms Roger Smith as one of the world's best new thriller writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This excellent noir thriller, set in South Africa, is not for the squeamish. When meth addicts Godwyn MacIntosh and Disco De Lilly carjack arms dealer Joe Palmer and his wife, ex-runway model Roxy, they unwittingly set off a series of violent and bloody events that showcase the depravity and lawlessness of Cape Town's most brutal ghettos. Smith weaves his disparate cast of characters into a gritty tale of greed, bloodlust and revenge, and Justine Eyre chooses a cool matter-offact delivery that enhances the horror, and with a subtle shift of inflection she illuminates the softer moments, rare as they may be, to great emotional effect. A Holt hardcover. (Mar.)
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"Eyre chooses a cool matter-of-fact delivery that enhances the horror, and with a subtle shift of inflection she illuminates the softer moments, rare as they may be, to great emotional effect." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400116294
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/8/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Roger Smith is the author of the acclaimed thrillerMixed Blood, which is being made into a motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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